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There have been two calls on Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews in the last week.

On Wednesday afternoon the lifeboat was launched at 2.50pm following a report of a fishing vessel in difficulties in the vicinity of the Kentish Flats Windfarm.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and the crew located a 30-foot former fishing vessel with two persons onboard with steering difficulties. The craft had been on passage from Strood to Folkestone.

A lifeboat crewmember went onboard the vessel and the decision was made that, as gales were forecast, the lifeboat would escort the craft to a mooring at Harty Ferry in the Swale.

At 4.56pm the vessel was placed on a mooring off the Harty Ferry causeway and the two occupants taken ashore.

On Friday evening the lifeboat was launched to assist a 30-foot motor cruiser with two persons onboard off Hampton Pier, Herne Bay which has suffered a fouled propeller.

The lifeboat arrived ‘on scene’ and a crewmember was transferred onboard to asses the situation. The craft was subsequently taken under tow to meet the Sheerness ‘all weather’ lifeboat which had been sent to assist, the tow being transferred at 6.56 and Whitstable Lifeboat was released to return to station.

Whitstable lifeboat crewmembers onboard the 30-foot former fishing vessel that was escorted to a mooring on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: RNLI Whitstable